By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/18/12
The movie is showing at the Bensalem AMC Neshaminy 24, the Conshochocken Regal, the Downingtown Regal and the Warrington Regal.
In the film, Brandon Routh plays Joe Logan, a mixed-blood Native American trying to find his spirit and prove himself to his father, Ben Logan, a traditionalist Tribal Chairman. Joe Logan accepts the job of coaching a rag-tag reservation lacrosse team of the Sunaquot, the fictional seventh tribe of the Haudenosaunee. That journey is the focus of the movie, but the film also shows many other people’s journeys. All are connected to the sport of lacrosse.
Some of Philly’s most prominent lacrosse coaches attended the area’s premier showing at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Tuesday. They spoke about the impact of the movie on the sport.
“I think (it’s great for ) for the sport of lacrosse to have a movie that’s based around our sport and celebrates the history of it,” said Temple women’s coach Bonnie Rosen, a recent inductee of the US lacrosse Hall of Fame. “It’s about where we’ve come from and where we’re going.
“Just to have our sport out there where the whole country and the world can see it is an amazing step for our sport. It represents the growth of the game. At a time when we’re really growing, to put it on a national stage can only help the game.”
Added Penn men’s coach Mike Murphy: “I think it’s fantastic that somebody made a movie about the sport – not only the growth of it, but the roots of it, which is really the important piece.
“The Native American heritage of lacrosse is on stage. A lot of times people have a very different image of lacrosse, based on other movies or on the news and this, I think, is a real authentic look at our sport and where it came from.”
Brian Samson, coach of two-time state champion Conestoga, said the sports’ growth will be helped.
“I think it’s really exciting to get exposure for lacrosse to a whole new audience,” he said. “That would be a great accomplishment for this movie – to gain more popularity for the sport.”